A What to Wear Guide for 24/7 Style

Tips from Aussie womenswear brand Scanlan Theodore for looking great - and staying warm - all day long

For more than 30 years, Australian women wanting to look strong and confident have turned to Scanlan Theodore, purveyor of head-to-toe wear that is as comfortable as it is fashionable. To welcome shoppers to its third store in the U.S., the brand’s resident stylist - Regional Visual Merchandiser and Boutique Manager Susanna Venus - is here to offer advice for outfitting every aspect of your lifestyle (she recently worked with Australian model, Bambi Northwood-Blyth). Plus extra tips on how to stay warm, even as you stay stylish, throughout the colder months.

For everyday living...

This effortless but chic ensemble - silk low-rise trousers, camisole and drapey jacket - can take you to brunch with friends, the playground with kids or a Sunday stroll with your partner. Dress it down with sneakers or dress it up with a kitten heel. The jacket alone is endlessly versatile: tie the belt in the back to relax the look, tie it in the front for a more defined waistline. And tuck in the collar to create a more polished funnel neck.

two women walking in silk pants and jackets one beige and one black

For the workday...

First things first, this jacket is guaranteed to make you feel like a powerhouse. Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, wore it (in a seasonal bordeaux) during her first official royal tour with Prince Harry. For your big presentation, pair it with a skirt for a modern - and flattering - take on the workday suit. Or put a turtleneck underneath for a more conservative look. Looking for a pop of color? Tie on a silk scarf. For more casual days: slim charcoal jeans, pumps, cuffed sleeves.

Woman wearing a black jacket and pencil skirt

For a night of play...

Next time you’re heading to TAK Room for cocktails, throw on this crepe knit, one-shoulder dress, a playful and extremely flattering update on the classic silhouette. If the occasion is more formal, pull down the ruffle to show a bit more décolletage. Once again, the knit belt is meant to be knotted in a variety of ways. Or add a bit of an edge with a leather belt.

Woman in cream colored dress with one ruffled shoulder

For the long, cold days and nights of winter:

  • Layering fine knitwear, like the brand’s baby wool turtlenecks, under cold shoulder or racerback dresses, makes spring and summer pieces wearable when the mercury drops. Knee-high or over-the-knee boots do the same.
  • Jackets with slim sleeves and tight fits, like the drape jacket above, give you room to move in puffy coats and a strong silhouette once you get inside.
  • Cinch oversized, chunky knitwear with a narrow belt to marry winter comfort with a still-flattering profile.
  • Incorporate leather, especially slim pants. It’s comfortable and looks just right with a big sweater.